Sampler Quilting

Sampler Quilt

Sampler Quilt

Yesterday I completed this Sampler Quilt.  There were no specific instructions for design or thread color.  Here’s what I did:

I used a natural beige colored thread as it blended with most of the fabrics and would fall into the background.  The brighter colors definitely take center stage.  The paisley print in the large border was quilted with free form leaves that I made up as I went.  They looked “paisley-ish” to me.  The very thin red print border was quilted with a hand guided scroll, and the sashing between the blocks was quilted with a simple leaf.  I wanted the sashings to be uniform but simple so as not to detract from the individual blocks.

Each block had different angles that I tried to enhance or a piece of fabric “jumped” out at me which was my focus.  In most of the blocks the light fabric needed to stay in the background so the colors could pop.

Here are examples of dense background quilting:

"McTavishing" dense quilting

“McTavishing” dense quilting

Outlined triangles with dense loop quilting

Outlined triangles with dense loop quilting

Some blocks didn’t have a focal point and I quilted them in random free form patterns.

Free form quilting over checkerboard block

Free form quilting over checkerboard block

My photography skills are novice at best and don’t show my quilting well, but these blocks don’t have extreme focal points either.  Also, my goal with this quilt was to enhance the blocks and not make my quilting the focus.

All over quilting

All over quilting

The remaining blocks had patterns that dictated how I quilted them.  This one was outlined and echo quilted.

What a cute block!

What a cute block!

More outlining and ditching:

 

Fun pinwheel blocks!

Fun pinwheel blocks!

This circle was ditch stitched and fancied up a bit on the edge.

I love the way this block was pieced!

I love the way this block was pieced!

And here’s the star block:

Ditch stitched and spirals out for movement

Ditch stitched and spirals out for movement

Everyone needs a little zig zag in their life!

Ditch quilted and outlined

Ditch quilted and outlined

Outlined and filler quilting

Outlined and filler quilting

How cool is this?

How cool is this?

The block above is the block that dictated my quilting ideas for this quilt.  It was distinct and I knew immediately I wanted to quilt the blank spaces to reflect the square chain pattern.  I LOVE this block!

The final block is a bargello.  Bargello makes me think of flame and fire.  Not sure why.  This block was quilted with flames going up the bargello while the background was ditch stitched.

Bargello Block

Bargello Block

And here’s the back – again, I know I need photography lessons….

Sampler Quilt Back

Sampler Quilt Back



What do you think (other than I need lessons in camera usage)?

Comments

  1. Awesome! The quilt itself has so many designs and fabrics. I know that’s the nature of a sampler quilt but this one shows off the possibilities in choosing which fabric sets off which design.

    Of course, I love your long arm quilting! Gives character and dimension to the quilt. It’s fun to have you explain how you imagined each block’s design and then to take a close look at it. I feel like it’s giving me a richer understanding of quilting. Thanks, Emily!

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